Originally published by Sophie Pettit on August 1, 2018; updated by Catharina Cheung on October 28, 2019.
Whether you love painting or singing, acting or dancing, or even making your own gorgeous jewellery and perfume, there are loads of fun classes and workshops to choose from dotted around Hong Kong. Why not swing by and give one a whirl—you could find yourself becoming the next Basquiat or Beyoncé!
Are you a budding artist just bursting to unleash your creativity? If so, why not spend a rainy day at one of Hong Kong’s quirky art studios? Head to the charming boutique painting studio, KA Atelier to try your hand at Chinese ink painting (starting from $320). Alternatively, get messy in artjamming‘s 2,000-square-foot creative space, or at Paint Palette in Causeway Bay. Grab a canvas and all the acrylic paints you need, and enjoy complimentary soft drinks to keep your creative juices flowing. If you fancy something a little stronger, the venue allows you to bring along your own alcoholic drinks, and they’ll even let you play your own music too.
For art that’s a little more out there, Choco L’ART Studio has classes teaching you how to make glow-in-the-dark paintings ($270). Not only will this be an interesting flex, it will also make for a good focal point in children’s rooms. If you’re looking to revamp your kitchenware, then head to a Loveramics workshop where you can decorate mugs, bowls, and other ceramic goodies with paint. All materials are provided, and a selection of locally roasted coffee and organic tea is on hand during the two-hour session. Functional, fun, and affordable, this is a great activity for budding artists.
KA Atelier, 2D, Moonstar Court, 2A–2G Star Street, Wanchai | (+852) 3484 2919
artjamming, 4D, Yally Industrial Building, 6 Heung Yip Road, Wong Chuk Hang | (+852) 2541 8816
Choco L’ART Studio, 2B, Yan King Court, 119–121 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai | (+852) 6695 1161
Paint Palette, 3/F, 532 Jaffe Road, Causeway Bay| (+852) 2575 8830
Loveramics, locations vary
Fancy making your own bespoke perfume that encapsulates you in a bottle? Join perfume artisan and founder of fragrance brand Intime Artisan de Parfum, Angel Cheung, in her beautiful studio in Tsim Sha Tsui for the Perfume & Personality Workshop ($650) where you get to sniff your way through a collection of 32 unmarked ingredients to select the ones you are intuitively drawn to for your own signature scent. Along the way, Angel will analyse your personality, based on the top, heart, and base notes that you select, and invite you to name your fragrance so she can create a label for your bottle. This could be the perfect presents for special occasions, or simply a fun afternoon activity with your friends.
Intime Artisan de Parfum, 903, Koon Fook Centre, 9 Knutsford Terrace, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 9782 1237
Unleash your domestic goddess (or god) at one of the city’s top bakery schools. Whip up some gorgeous cupcakes, master the skill of creating beautiful floral decorations with icing, or craft your very own couture handbag cake (yes, you read that right), with the sweet treat maestros at Complete Deelite. There are several workshops ($650) for different experience levels to choose from, so you could find yourself creating tropical hibiscus flowers and leaves in a Wilton Advanced Skills Workshop, or baking delicious dairy-free cupcakes in a Baking Workshop. There really is something for every aspiring baker, and all tools and supplies are included.
For more variety in the kitchen, head to The Mixing Bowl in Sheung Wan for enjoyable classes in bread making, chocolate drip cake, scones, and traditional Hong Kong bites. If you’re a more experienced baker, you can challenge yourself with their cake master class, where you’ll whip up a beautiful hojicha drip cake with poached pear—perfect for the autumn season. Classes range from 2.5 to three hours long (from $400) , and a light home-baked snack will be served during the class with coffee or tea. You will take home everything that you bake, and the recipes will be sent to you via email after each class.
Complete Deelite, 3/F, On Lan Centre, 11–15 On Lan Street, Central | (+852) 3167 7022
The Mixing Bowl, 23/F, The Pemberton, 22–26 Bonham Strand, Sheung Wan | (+852) 2524 000
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From ballet to Bollywood, pole dancing to break dancing, our city is full of fun dance classes inviting you to bust out those moves. Cosmic Dance Company is on a mission to popularise Indian dance in Hong Kong, transforming the 5,000-year-old traditional Bharatnatyam temple dance into a hip, current genre. The school offers energetic Indian fusion dance classes (approximately $150 per hour) combining classical, Bollywood, and Indian folk dance for all ages, providing the perfect way to blast that cardio workout while building up a sense of rhythm, directional awareness, strength, and grace.
If delicate ballet is more your style, then Twinkle Dance Company and Russian Ballet School hold hourly classes ($230 and $180 per hour, respectively) and longer-term courses to teach you the most elegant moves. Perhaps you’d rather get sexy with salsa and swing by the weekly Dance Trinity classes ($180 per class) at their spacious Central studio, or check out the free Dance With Style classes held at various locations around the city.
Cosmic Dance Company,Ricky Dancing Studio, 1/F, 33–39 Austin Road, Jordan | (+852) 9744 9595
Twinkle Dance Company, locations vary
Russian Ballet School, locations vary
Dance Trinity, 8/F, Fung Woo Centre, 279–281 Des Voeux Road Central | (+852) 9634 9770
Dance With Style, various locations across Hong Kong | (+852) 6389 6213
Are you a little song bird who loves a good karaoke night? With a little fine tuning, you could be entertaining the masses—or at least your best friends. The VOIZE Centre of Contemporary Singing can help nurture your talent with a team of six highly trained teachers using contemporary proven techniques to help you achieve a marketable voice, all without compromising the longevity of your vocal cords. Lessons range from $400 to $3,000 per hour, depending on your choice of coach.
If you simply have a passion for singing without seeking profit, the Christine Samson Music and Arts Studio might be the one for you. Offering passionate singers a series of group classes ($1,200 for six sessions), singers will get the chance to perform their favourite songs on stage. If you decide to train up your vocals more professionally, there are also private lessons ($750 to $2,500 per hour) available with Christine Samson herself. We can almost smell that record deal!
VOIZE Centre of Contemporary Singing, 16/F, Shun Feng International Centre, 182 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai | (+852) 2529 9444
Christine Samson Music and Arts Studio, 2B, Timmar Court, 10–12 Wing Hing Street, North Point | (+852) 2762 0112
All the world’s a stage, and you could be on it! If you’re interested in theatre, either on stage or behind the scenes, then Hong Kong Players should be a no-brainer for you. This volunteer-run organisation is keeping the drama alive and kicking in Hong Kong, thanks to its many brilliant workshops and productions. They take the phrase “community theatre” fairly seriously, but they have fun doing it, inviting talented actors, seasoned artists, and complete beginners alike to audition for roles. Drama, comedy, panto: you name it, they have it. If you’ve ever wanted to direct a play, now could be your chance to make it happen. Every show needs set, lighting and sound designers, make-up artists, and a stage crew to run performances—not to mention producers, stage managers, costume designers, and administrative and general help—so they are always on the look out for talented people who wish to learn the ropes. A technical background is not necessary to become involved, so get in touch now if you want to be the next Shakespeare.
You could also step it up a notch and learn the skills of the trade from an industry professional by signing up to one of the monthly workshops at the International Academy of Film & Television. These workshops explore specific areas of theatricality, such as acting for film and telly, improvisation techniques, voice and movement, and method acting. You can thanks us after you become the next big TV star or movie maker.
Hong Kong Players, 3/F, On Tat Building (Block D), 3–5 Pat Tat Street, San Po Kong, Kowloon | (+852) 2294 0388
International Academy of Film & Television, 5/F, Yardley Commercial Building, 3 Connaught Road West, Sheung Wan | (+852) 2127 4438
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What could be cooler than making your own bling? Hatton Studios invites you to create your own beautiful pieces at its silversmithery and jewellery design courses for beginner level onwards. Its co-working space provides everything from mentoring and training, to bench rental and exhibition space, allowing students to branch out and develop their own collections and brands. A beginner Jewellery Course costs $2,750 per person, with a maximum of six students per course for four weeks (one night per week, 2.5 hours per class). Course prices include tools and silver, and each student will leave with a piece of jewellery made with their very own hands! Advanced classes, private lessons, and bench hire are also available. Alternatively, Ever True offers workshops (from $299) on how to make sterling silver rings, pendant, bracelets, and name tag charms in its Central studio.
Hatton Studios, 13/F Cheong Sun Tower, 118 Wing Lok Street, Sheung Wan | (+852) 2857 7751
Ever True, Room 705, 7/F, Won Hing Building, 74–78 Stanley Street, Central | (+852) 3489 6418
Forget Prada and Gucci; make leather wallets after your own brand and style at Own’s Leather in Kwun Tong. From wallet and cardholders to bangles and coin bags, there are loads of lovely products to explore. You will have a one-on-one lesson (from $800) with an expert, coming out of it secure in the fact that your finished product is totally unique and definitely not something you would find in the local market. Alternatively, Fungus Workshop in Sheung Wan teaches basic techniques ($840 for two sessions) such as hand stitching, lining, fastening, and finishing, for two to three small products such as camera bags and small handbags.
Own’s Leather, Room F6, 10/F, Block C/D, How Ming Factory Building, 99 How Ming Street, Kwun Tong, Kowloon | (+852) 6185 1517
Fungus Workshop, G/F, 4 Po Hing Fong, Sheung Wan | (+852) 2108 4522
Want to handwrite letters and cards in the most beautiful cursive? Learn the art of modern calligraphy with Calligraphy in Hong Kong and you’ll soon be well on your way to creating magic with your pen. During the three-hour workshops ($550) you will learn how to use a pointed calligraphy pen, how to create thick and thin strokes, and be able to write the full lowercase letterforms by the end of the session. This is a great class for beginners looking to familiarise themselves with the pointed pen as a start to their handwriting journey. Alternatively, you can join artist and designer, Kalo at her boutique stationery design company, Kalo Make Art, for a calligraphy workshop (approximately $900) in Central.
Calligraphy in Hong Kong, Laguna Verde Club House, Hung Hom, Kowloon | (+852) 6772 0942
Kalo Make Art, Room 201, Ivy House, 18–20 Wyndham Street, Central